Poachers cost 'millions'

Warning sign to poachers.

Sheep slaughtered and taken for meat is the latest in a string of stock thefts.

'Story of sustainability'

FISH FINDER:  Yellow Brick Road managing director Rachel Taulelei believes consumers should be able to point to where their food was caught, how it was caught, and by who, and that producers can get the proper value for their goods in doing so.

Rachel Taulelei wants consumers to have more conversations about the seafood they are eating.

Chinese to invest $400m

China's Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co Ltd is planning to spend big in New Zealand.

South Canterbury plant to become largest integrated dairy production base in the world.

Big is getting bigger

WHITE FACES: David Ellis raises whitehead and whiteface bulls and heifers.

Earning $2300 for a prime steer this month was a standout moment for bloodstock maestro.

Breeding for resistance

Gordon Levet with some of his highly worm-resistant rams under testing for facial eczema tolerance.

For past 15 years Romney breeder has not needed to drench his ewes.

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opinion

Farm cadet scheme needed

Federated Farmers Waikato president Chris Lewis.

OPINION: The conversation around agri-education has stepped up a gear.

The end of the line

There are few absolutes in modern marketing, but when you hear anyone starting to simplistically talk about above and below the line, It's time to walk away.

It's all about the community

More than one 'drongo'

dairy

Chinese company to invest $400m

China's Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co Ltd is planning to spend big in New Zealand.

Chinese dairy producer plans to spend NZ$400m and develop its Waimate plant into largest integrated dairy production base in the world.

A bird in the herd

A cow with a distinctive kiwi-shaped marking on its forehead has been spotted on a Tasman lifestyle block.

Fonterra southern operations manager Richard Gray in front of the Edendale plant’s $150 million upgrade building site, which will increase production by 1.4 million litres a day when completed.

An extra 1.4 million litres

One of Southland's biggest industries is on track to have a roof shout before Christmas.

beef

Big is getting bigger

WHITE FACES: David Ellis raises whitehead and whiteface bulls and heifers.

Waikato bloodstock maestro has achieved many of his blueblood horse industry dreams but earning $2300 for a prime steer this month was a standout moment.

Risk seen in soaring prices

Angus NZ president wary of beef prices rising too high and escalating beyond the budget of everyday shoppers who might turn to meat alternatives.

RED BEAUTIES: Red poll cattle on Kelvin and Kath Lane's farm.

Red cattle beef up op

A herd of chocolate-red cattle is brightening up a Manawatu sheep and a beef farming couple's lives.

Sheep

Lamb tradition revived

TASTY: Coastal Spring Lamb is rekindling demand for the first of the season.

Early season lamb was once celebrated in the same seasonal way bluff oysters and whitebait are.

Woolly thinking a real life-saver

A flock of New Zealand sheep has led to a world-first scientific breakthrough for sick children.

Gordon Levet with some of his highly worm-resistant rams under testing for facial eczema tolerance.

Breeding for resistance paying off

Romney breeder Gordon Levet has been breeding for worm resistance for 25 years and for the past 15 years has not needed to drench his ewes.

cropping

US demand for $2 apples

NEW VARIETY: Andy McGrath, from McGrath Nurseries, with his new apple variety, Plumac.

A fruit nursery expects to sell a unique apple variety to the United States market for $2 per apple.

Stink Bug spotted in NZ

A pest known as the Yellow Spotted Stink Bug has been spotted in a South Island garden.

COUNTING THE COST: Enza operations manager Steve Moriarty with collapsed hail nets at the Riwaka apple orchards.

Hail 'unlikely to dent outlook'

Although Motueka's severe hailstorm was devastating for orchardists, the national impact will be slight because the affected area was relatively small.

agribusiness

Poachers cost 'millions'

Warning sign to poachers.

Sheep slaughtered and taken for meat is the latest in a string of stock thefts.

Inflation 'killing rural towns'

A retired farmer is asking politicians to look again at how inflation is managed, saying the current way and the high dollar harm farmers and other exporters.

TASTY: Lonely Goat bottled feta.

Making goat's cheese

The Doughtys have milking goats and dairy cows. They make and sell cheese made largely from goat's milk.

Discovery

Keen to eradicate lepto

THE TEAM: Researchers looking into the impacts on people and animals of leptospirosis, from left, Dr Julie Collins-Emerson, Professor Peter Wilson , Professor Cord Heuer, Dr Jackie Benschop from the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, at Massey University.

New Zealand scientists are passionate about their part in world-leading research into the debilitating disease leptospirosis.

Leptospirosis in people video

A look in more detail about the disease of Leptospirosis in people.

An introduction to Leptospirosis.

Introduction to Leptospirosis video

A introduction to the disease of Leptospirosis.

rural women

Beekeeper buzzing over award

Putake Honey co-owner and beekeeper Renee de Luca in her element, servicing some of the hives on a farm in the Waihopai Valley.

A Marlborough beekeeper is still buzzing over her win at this year's Enterprising Rural Women Awards.

Developing women in dairying

A pilot programme to develop the skills and confidence of dairy women to influence and lead positive change in their businesses and communities begins this month.

Ian Wellington, of agricultural contractors Ken G Moratti Ltd, hopes the Inglewood farmer whose silage he wrapped in pink plastic to promote awareness of breast cancer doesn’t mind the change in colour from the usual light green.

Silage gets a pink makeover

Through no fault of his own a Taranaki farmer has become the proud owner of dozens of pretty pink silage bales.

Video

Iraqi forces retake ground

Iraqi security forces and pro-government fighters have retaken areas near the Iranian border that the Islamic State jihadist group had held for months.

advice

Safety leadership urged

Quad bike, 4wd

Farm owners told they have to set examples for workers to follow if they are to establish a successful on-farm health and safety policy.

Succession is a serious business

Leave the sentiment out of planning the handover of a farm to a new generation, a succession planner advises.

Ready to sign

'Do your homework first'

Farmers need to know what they are taking on when signing sharemilking agreements.

aquaculture

'Story of sustainability'

FISH FINDER:  Yellow Brick Road managing director Rachel Taulelei believes consumers should be able to point to where their food was caught, how it was caught, and by who, and that producers can get the proper value for their goods in doing so.

Rachel Taulelei wants consumers to have more conversations about the seafood they are eating.

Producer chases Asian markets

A salmon producer is diversifying after a year of near-record high exchange rates.

Court generic NZ

King Salmon ordered to pay costs

Environmental groups have won a costs argument against NZ King Salmon in the Supreme Court.

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